At corner of Hammersmith Ln. and Koser Rd. in Manheim Twp. LCWA organized a tree planting event to commemorate Earth Day 2008 along the banks of Bachman Run. Ninety-two volunteers participated in the planting of 300 trees and shrubs. Volunteers came from Lancaster Country Day School (50), Fenner Drives Green Team (22), Community Mennonite Church (10) and LCWA(10).
An LCWA t-shirt was awarded to all student volunteers. Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) conducted an Earth Day t-shirt contest to see which student could design the best LCWA/Earth Day t-shirt logo to advertise the planting. There were over fifty submissions, coming from all divisions of the school. The winner of the contest was an LCDS sophomore student. The winning design will appear on the t-shirts given away at the planting.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, LCWA provided volunteer support for a riparian buffer zone planting on the grounds of the Lancaster General Hospital (LGH). Exelon Corporation sponsored this event. The planting involved the partnership of Exelon, LGH, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), LCWA and the Lancaster County Conservancy. The planting occurred along a tributary to the Little Conestoga River, just across Spring Valley Road from LGH's Health Campus in Lancaster, PA.
The project demonstrated how a community-based partnership could implement a watershed restoration project that improves air and water quality, improves wildlife habitat and yields two sets of quantifiable environmental service credits, one for reducing nutrients and sediments entering the stream and another for sequestering carbon, the leading cause of global warming.
The project built on a riparian buffer planted by the LCWA on April 21, 2007, immediately upstream of this project site. These projects have multiple environmental benefits including improved water quality, air quality and aquatic and terrestrial habitat for fish and wildlife.